The Role of Philanthropy in Humanitarian Response

USA for IOM is partnering with Concordia to convene an expert panel on the transformational potential of engaging philanthropy in humanitarian responses. 

The private and philanthropic sectors play a critical role in addressing global humanitarian crises. The number of forcibly-displaced people has nearly doubled from 41 million at the end of 2010 to the latest estimate of 78.5 million in 2020. Latin America and the Caribbean is facing the largest movement of refugees and migrants in recent history, as more than 5.4 million refugees and migrants have fled Venezuela, seeking refuge and livelihood opportunities in the surrounding region. COVID-19 has further aggravated the already-dire living conditions of refugees and migrants, as well as causing widespread economic disruption and exacerbating protection concerns.  

The humanitarian sector is at a critical juncture: it must adapt to the changing landscape of crises. Philanthropy, with its flexible and risk-tolerant capital, convening power, and strategic expertise, can play a key role in this adaptation. 



Head of USA for IOM Operations, IOM


Executive Lead for Disaster Response, Global Giving


Director of Philanthropic Practice, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)


President, PVBLIC Foundation


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